Name: Joseph

Origin and Meaning of the Name Joseph

  • Meaning:
    He will enlarge
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    (JOE zuf)
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Miscellaneous Info for Joseph

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    English and French speaking countries
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    There are several Josephs in the Bible, including the husband of Mary in the New Testament and Joseph, son of Jacob - nowadays known for his many coloured coat. Joseph of Arimathea donated his own tomb for the burial of Jesus.

    Joseph was the 11th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and the 12th most popular in the UK.

    The name has been borne by Soviet communist dictator Joseph Stalin, Joseph Goebbel who was the minister for propaganda for the German Nazi regime, and Joseph McCarthy was a US senator during the 1950s whose extreme anti-communist ideas led to the phrase 'McCarthyism' and helped cause the 'red scare'.

    Joseph Priestley is credited with the discovery of oxygen, Joseph Haydn was a composer and Joseph Heller wrote 'Catch-22'.

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Popularity Rank of Joseph (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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